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Alley Time - Spiteful Brewing

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Alley Time
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89
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Don't fight it. Spite it! A Chicago bike messenger's favorite part of the day, "Alley Time" is a reward for life on the streets. This beer is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Perfect for sharing those expletive-heavy stories with a cold one in hand. Alley Time can be any time, but it can only be one place! and whether you're a corporate lemming or an interpretive dancer, find an alley and make it yours.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-20-2013)
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

Alley Time is golden, a little tarnished, with brass highlights running its length. The foam is pure white and bubbly, easily growing to a couple fingers in height. It's takes its sweet time falling but eventually rests at a thick crown with a craggy, soapy look. Big puffy lace clings to the glass in waves.

I like Spiteful's pale ales, they always lean toward bitter and the smell of this hints at the same. Orange and grapefruit pith by the handful, even a squeeze of lemon, lead the way. Weed follows closely with a resinous touch. There is also a whisper of that aspirin bitter. The malt base doesn't add much, it's pale with some biscuity notes and soft grain.

The flavor profile is much the same as the nose. Big notes of pithy orange and grapefruit run from front to back while a soft undercurrent of aspirin-like bitterness follows. The resinous weed pops up on the finish to join the party. The grain bill brings a soft sweetness, just enough to keep the hopping in check, with freshly cracked grain and dry biscuits.

Lively carbonation makes the moderately weighted body pop. It's a quick mover, scrubbing the tongue along the way, and leaving a solid bitterness in its wake. The bitterness grows as you drink but never really above moderate, it does though seem to invade every nook and cranny from my lips to my cheeks to my throat. This beer is made for drinking and it succeeds.

I said it earlier and I'll say it again, I've always been a big fan of Spiteful's pale ales. They use the palest of malts, make them very hop forward and make sure to pack in a good deal of bitterness. This beer fits the bill and is flat out delicious. Enough said.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can.

A. A light yellow almost lemon color with medium haze and a 1/4" head.

S. As I swirl the glass a smell a slight aroma of biscuity malt followed by a more prominent citrus smell. A bit Perfumy also. Very pleasant on the nose.

T. More malty on the palate. Not very citrusy. A little Perfumy tasting.

M. Medium bodied and slightly prickly.

O. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer. Nice to look at. Aromas are great. Taste is on very nice. And the mouthfeel is just what I want from a pale ale. Nicely done spiteful.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%

Pour is hazed pale golden with lots of tight white head. Nose is light grain, faint honey, a bit of sweet malt, hops are herbal with notes of melon rind. Taste is even sweeter, stronger grain but more sugar, lighter malt, hops are husky melon rind and a bit grassy, hay like. Very light bitterness, drinkable, moderate carb.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kkleu357
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very very pale straw color. Smells like corn with some hops. Big bitter taste. Slight corn taste. It’s ok.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.04/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: Translucent light straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head that drops quickly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very dank and catty nose from the hops. Citrus is also there, but it takes a back seat to the dank and catty hop notes.

Taste: Light sweetness and light bitterness that strike a really nice balance. This is much more mellow than you would expect from the nose. Light pine and tangerines with a hint of tropical fruits and melons. Biscuit and bready malt profile. Grapefruit rind in the finish and especially when you burp.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. The carbonation is creamy, but slightly thin. You can feel the resinous hop oils which seem to make this beer have a more substantial feel with being to heavy. Really crushable APA as well.

Overall: The nose makes you think that this beer is pretty intense with all the classic simcoe dankness and catty profile present, but the flavor profile dialed down and has well defined simcoe hop flavors with being as over the top as the nose. I got to sample this beer super fresh because this beer that I am drinking was canned only 2 days prior to me consuming it. This is a great example of how tasty that a single hop simcoe APA can be.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Alley Time from Spiteful Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.